RAPID CITY, S.D. -- You may have noticed in this article from The Monitor I posted earlier, in which Rio Grande Valley coach Terry Ruskowsky mentioned that it costs money to send a tape into the league for review.
I will admit, I didn't know how this process works. And I asked the league for clarification, but I didn't hear back yet. (I also still don't know if there are going to be any suspensions handed out from Game 4 of the Turner Conference semifinals between the Komets and the Rapid City Rush.)
I reached out to some sources and was told that the CHL charges money for reviews to, basically, dissuade teams from asking frivolously for things to be looked at. In the IHL and CHL, they did the same thing and the charge was $250 if you asked for a review. If it turned out discipline was needed, the team didn't have to pay.
So, given how many times the Komets have asked for reviews, I guess we now know why they bussed to Rapid City instead of chartering a plane. Kidding, kidding.
But in all seriousness, it may not sound like a lot of money, but there are some teams in the CHL so strapped for cash that I must wonder if they didn't ask for things to be looked at because they didn't want to pay the money. Of course, this doesn't mean the CHL can't look at something on its own, but this process seems to be something that might, just the tiniest bit, advantage the richer teams.
I guess I don't see what's so hard about the league looking at the tapes when teams ask and making a quick decision, without having to charge for it.
By the way, I have heard, as many of you have, that the league is not only looking at acts by Rapid City players from Game 4, but also some by Fort Wayne players. My best guess is that it would be the David Starenky elbow that incited the fight with Andrew Smale in the Rush's 4-1 victory at Memorial Coliseum. But I don't know beyond that.
- In lighter news, Greg Rajan is having his annual NHL playoffs pool. I'm doing it, so you should, too.
- Rapid City is hoping for a big crowd in Game 6: Click here.
- Here's some coverage from The Rapid City Journal: Click here.
- Komets president Michael Franke appeared on Indiana's NewsCenter's "Sound Off": Click here. He talked about how the Komets looked lackadaisical in Game 5. He also talked at length about the Les Reaney hit to the head of Jamie Milam. "Something needs to be done about it," Franke said. No argument from me.
- Also on INC, former Komets goaltender Robbie Irons, who is the color commentator on WOWO, appeared. Click here to see video. He wasn't a fan of taking Tom Mele out of the Fort Wayne lineup. As I've said, I would have kept Mele in and sat Leo Thomas, since it was a home game. One note to INC: Irons no longer has the record for shortest NHL career. That now belongs to Jordan Sigalet, who played 43 seconds.